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 |  Roger Harwood  | 
While the legacy media scramble for their existence we here in Whitianga are so fortunate to have Stan and Pauline producing relevant, positive debate & representation via the Informer & Leo and Taylor producing Coromind.

If humanity has a hope to mature and therefore survive, we need to hear all viewpoints.

I was moved to hear the poor people from the Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club were “hurt” by an article that may have contradicted their world view.

I wonder if they were hurt as much as if they bit into a tasty morsel of fish to find themselves fighting for their lives while a someone with a different world view yanked on their lip with a chemically sharpened steel hook connected to 200lb breaking strain monofilament spooled on a big reel with a bigger rod strapped into an even bigger chair in a gas guzzling  boat?

We have no lions or tigers to shoot but because we can’t see the fish, it is just fine to string these beautiful marine creatures up for what? The possibility of lots of money and boost to your big egos?  “Oh, but we tag and release, so it doesn’t hurt”?

What about the by catch? What about all the kawhai taken by more about boats just for bait?

The Kubota is a world class event because we are the only place where there are any of these fish left. With two fishing and one spearfishing competition in the last three weeks, if you notice there are hardly any fish/bird workups or very few sea mammal sightings – there is a reason …

….Tangaroa is distraught.

Recent Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor

Alice Thru The Looking Glass?

Inside out, upside down, and basically incomprehensible; comparable perhaps to going down the rabbit hole with Alice…………. A fair description of TCDC’s proposed Esplanade Project? Absolutely fascinating how 12million+ of our hard-earned ratepayer dollars has been  applied to a project that was a…
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While on occasion offering sensible commentary on local governance issues, Dal Minogue thoroughly embarrassed himself (and The Informer) with his vicious remarks personally attacking long-time local environmental advocate John Veysey (The Informer April 9). Minogue’s nasty, juvenile, and defamat…
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There’s got to be a way to effectively object to the consent request by DOC in last weeks issue on page 31. I feel like getting together an Objector’s Petition. This is about the relocation of the Mercury Bay Boating Clubhouse from its current site to being adjacent to the Dundas Street Boat Ram…
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Just a few days ago, I received a notice informing me that the next day the council in its wisdom has decided to chip seal our road. For a council that cries poor in the justification for substantial rate rises, it seems to be a complete and utter waste of money. Our particular road is a cul de …
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To all users of the Dundas Street boat ramp, remember that when the Marina was built, it was required to build a boat ramp and parking for the community free of any charge to use. When it is busy, there is no room to park all the vehicles and trailers on the existing site and you have been using…
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Esplanade not our pet project or brainchild.

We are writing in response to Ady Cole-Ewen’s article, Esplanade – Tsunami Sirens, published 9 April 2024. The author writes “It is reported that the Esplanade’s “nice-to-have” upgrade is the brainchild and pet project of Councillors, Deli Connell and Rekha Giri Percival…” For the record this pr…
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MORE POETRY FROM JOHN (received before dal minogue’s sent in his poetic response)

Who’s crying? Who’s given up on the fray and who’s been brought down and who’s making nonsense of the world today? Lies been raining down upon us. Life’s value has took a dive. But for those of you who see a dismal future, just remember you’re still alive. You’re still alive, you’re still al…
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More disinformation

The guest editorial (Through the Portal) on EVs by Trevor Ammundsen is full of misinformation. EVs in New Zealand are not fossil fuel-powered. About 85% of our electricity is generated without any use of fossil fuels, and with several significant solar farms and further wind farms coming online,…
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Kubota Fishing Competition

Well I hope now all of you who supported the MBGFC Kubota fishing competition are revelling in the millions of dollars, it supposedly brought to our once ‘sleepy little east coast fishing village’. We are now known on the world stage as the largest wild animal competition hunting field on the pla…
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A letter to the editor in The Informer Issue 19 March, cited some information in a Newsroom article that was wrong, and which Newsroom has since corrected. The Informer letter to the editor was written by Meg Beston (Not TCDC’s Fault, 19 March issue) and cited Council debt figures published in a…